The Department of Homeland Security devised a strategy several months ago to handle the influx of thousands of migrants at the border, including transporting some of them to processing centers in other U.S. cities. These solutions were supposed to relieve the overwhelming situation, but the plan has not been successful due to consistent disagreements with the White House.
However, more recently, there has been a shift and President Joe Biden’s border policy has relieved migrant arrivals in emergency states. According to Mayor Eric Adams, a change in the Biden administration’s border policy appears to have halted the flow of people seeking refuge from Latin America into New York City, which comes as a sanction city that has opened emergency shelters to these immigrants. Many of the migrants brought to New York by Republican Texas Governor Greg Abbott and Democratic El Paso Mayor Oscar Leeser have been arriving by the hundreds, straining the city’s shelter system and creating what Adams has termed a possibly $1 billion “humanitarian disaster.”
The mayor tried to work with the federal authorities to reduce the influx when he issued a state of emergency earlier this month. Additionally, the Biden Administration said last week that checkpoints would be strengthened and that a simplified asylum procedure would be established for Venezuelans, who make up a sizable part of the entering migrants. Asylees from Venezuela who enter the United States illegally will now be sent back to Mexico under the new policy.